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Old 03-19-2007, 10:34 AM
 
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I am a transplant and I've nary seen a prettier tree. People have them in their yards. Anybody know what I'm talking about?

Boy are things growing this time of year. What a great place !
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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I think you must be talking about Redbud trees. Is this it:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/o...var.texens.htm
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:38 AM
 
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Default Mountain Laurels!

I believe you're speaking of Mountain Laurels! Beautiful purple flowers that have a fabulous grape scent! Those blooms don't last nearly long enough for how beautiful they are, so enjoy them while you can!! (Crepe Myrtles start blooming pretty soon, too, and they are gorgeous as well!)
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:41 AM
 
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Thanks AT.

Wow that is some tree. It's not exactly what I was looking for but maybe the buds change color different times of year. The ones I've been seeing are purple to lavender in color. Where can I get a redbud though? I wouldn't mind going with that either.

By the way, we took your advice to go to Austin and do an historic tour. We had a great time.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:49 AM
 
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Default Mountain Laurel

American Forests and the Texas Forest Service have officially recognized a tree on the University of the Incarnate Word campus as the largest Texas Mountail Laurel in the nation! I don't know if it is blooming right now, but it is worth a visit.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:01 AM
 
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If it's not Redbud, then Jules is probably right about it being Laurel. Do the flowers look like wisteria? If so, that's definitely Laurel.

You can get a Redbud tree at any nursery. They do really well here and you can see them in bloom everywhere right now (at least here in Austin!). After they bloom, they get heart-shaped leaves. They are also not huge so they make good additions to most yards.

Glad you enjoyed Austin!!
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:04 AM
 
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Smile Redbuds and Mountain Laurels

They are *both* gorgeous trees (as are Crepe Myrtles, imho)! Every SA home should have at least one of each!
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:36 PM
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I agree, beautiful trees. But beware of the crepe myrtles when all of the flowers start falling off. What a mess they make!
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:06 PM
 
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This is definitely a banner year for the Mountain Laurel.

Here's a short article on planting.

March Plant of the Month

Texas Mountain Laurel,
Sophora secundiflora
By Dr. William C. Welch, Professor and Landscape Horticulturist

Texas Mountain Laurel, Sophora secundiflora, by Dr. William C. Welch

Last edited by BstYet2Be; 03-22-2008 at 04:20 PM.. Reason: Copyright infringement - replaced article with link -- use links folks!
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:09 PM
 
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I LOVE Mountain Laurels, but am I the only one who doesn't think they smell like grape anything?

My mom brings some flowers in each year and puts them in the house, and to me they smell yeasty, like bad bread.

They are gorgeous though, and the house we are hopefully closing on soon has one right in the front yard!
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